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What do you need to know about getting your body ready to have a healthy baby?

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If you're planning to have a baby soon:

  • Get to a healthy weight. Not doing so can make it harder to get pregnant and bring problems during pregnancy.
  • Take prenatal vitamins. Ask your doctor what’s right.
  • Think about chemicals. Some can make getting pregnant harder or harm your baby. Know what to avoid.
  • See an OB/GYN. She’ll tell you things you need to know to have a healthy baby.
  • Quit bad habits. Tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs can cause problems, so stop using them. Your doctor can help.

From: Get Your Body Baby-Ready WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alan Copperman, MD, director, division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Mount Sinai Hospital; medical director, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York.

Sharon T. Phelan, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

March of Dimes: "Vitamins and minerals during pregnancy," "Your checkup before pregnancy," "Getting healthy before pregnancy."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Good health before pregnancy: Preconception care."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Alan Copperman, MD, director, division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Mount Sinai Hospital; medical director, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York.

Sharon T. Phelan, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

March of Dimes: "Vitamins and minerals during pregnancy," "Your checkup before pregnancy," "Getting healthy before pregnancy."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Good health before pregnancy: Preconception care."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 26, 2019

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